We are deeply grateful to the generations of parents who have invested in Gateway School throughout its history to create this thriving and vibrant educational experience for hundreds of children. We invite you to join present and past parents, trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, alumni and friends and express your generosity through this tradition of giving.

Giving at Gateway

As a preeminent independent school, Gateway School relies on more than tuition to fulfill our mission. The full cost of a Gateway education is a combination of tuition and philanthropic support from the Gateway community. Fundraising allows Gateway to provide students with an exemplary educational experience. Specific examples of how these dollars are used include: faculty professional development, program enhancements, and financial assistance.

Every school day we work to support our mission by inspiring and engaging our students. From the application of neuroscience to the practice of mindfulness, our faculty fearlessly pursue a greater understanding of how the brain works, and use it to design curriculum that cultivates critical thinking, strong academic knowledge, and the equally important skills of resiliency, organization, reflection, and decision-making that are essential to future success. What makes all of this possible is our dedicated community’s support of our school.

The Annual Fund

The Annual Fund for Gateway provides valuable unrestricted funds that support every aspect of the school. By making a tax-deductible donation to the Annual Fund, you make an immediate impact on our ability to deliver the highest quality education, enriched co-curriculum programs, small class sizes and outdoor learning, as well as to support the salaries of our dedicated and talented faculty and specialists.

Annual Fund Giving Levels

All donors who give $2,500 or above through Annual Giving are considered leaders within Gateway School’s philanthropic culture, and are invited to a Donor Appreciation Party in the spring and the Leadership Reception in the fall.

  • Founders – $10,000 and above
  • Guardians – $5,000 – $9,999
  • Patrons – $2,500 – $4,999
  • Benefactors – $1,000 – $2,499
  • Friends – $500 – $999
  • Sponsors – $250 – $499
  • Contributors – up to $249 We value every gift and ask that each family give according their means.

Matching Gifts

Many companies double charitable gifts, increasing the impact of your support. Please check with your company’s human resources department to inquire about eligibility.

Ways of Giving

Philanthropic support ensures that Gateway School not only survives, but thrives.
Giving Stocks Or Appreciated Assets
Gifts of appreciated assets (such as stock) may, through their tax-advantaged status, allow a donor to make an even greater impact on school programs than would be possible by writing a check. Some of our gifts to the annual fund come in this form. For information and instructions on how to gift stocks, please contact Jen Graham in the Advancement Office.
Targeted Giving
In making these special gifts, donors go beyond their annual gifts to make a substantial contribution to a specific program or purpose. Our Discovery Center, our comprehensive Arts program, and our Life Lab Science program are examples of how targeted gifts can transform the school. Please contact Jen Graham in the Advancement Office if you have a specific area of interest you would like to discuss.
Gifts to endowment are a way to protect the future of Gateway. The principal of such gifts remain intact and, in fact, grows while a small percentage of the interest income, or earnings, supports school programs and needs. You may choose between the Hannelore Herbig general endowment fund, named after the school’s founder, and the Financial Aid endowment fund. You may also contact Jen Graham in the Advancement Office if you have an interest in establishing a new endowment fund.
Planned Giving
Bequests are the simplest of planned gifts. By naming Gateway School in your will, you can make a gift which assures the future of independent school education. Bequests can be placed into endowment so that their impact is a legacy to the future. There are many planned giving vehicles by which a family can donate funds for Gateway. Please contact Jen Graham in the Advancement Office at any time if you want to include Gateway in your will or discuss planned giving.
Items or professional services that are necessary to the operation and advancement of the school are considered gifts-in-kind. Past gifts include auction items, gifts of tools to Life Lab, and services such as architectural planning. Gifts-in-kind are appreciated by teachers and administrators throughout the year.